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Alejandra Lastra

Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine

Alejandra Lastra practices pulmonary medicine, with research interests that include improving diagnosis and outcomes in patients with complex sleep disordered breathing and associated comorbidities, advancing inpatient sleep medicine, and women’s sleep health. She specializes in the management of chronic respiratory failure in patients with neuromuscular disorders such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, obesity hypoventilation syndrome, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD). She is expanding access to portable monitoring, testing, and assessing the impact of early diagnosis and treatment of complex sleep disorders.

She is director of the University of Chicago Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program, vice-chair of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine Education Committee, and president of the Illinois Sleep Society. Her work has been published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine; Chest; Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology; Gender and the Genome; and Biomarkers.

Lastra received her MD from the José María Vargas School of Medicine at the Central University of Venezuela, followed by a residency in internal medicine at the Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia. She completed a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and a fellowship in sleep medicine at the University of Illinois Chicago/Rush University Medical Center.

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